Syndicate - Where to get it and how to play it
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Syndicate, released in 1993, is a real-time-strategy-ish squad-based tactical combat game set on a dystopian/cyberpunk Earth. You play an executive in a corporation/syndicate set on world conquest. For people curious to know more about the game:
www.3scapism.net/2008/01/retro-review-syndicate.html?widgetT...
www.rockpapershotgun.com/?p=1020

A recent list of mine on X-Com was fairly popular, and it piqued or renewed the interest in the game for at least several people. Generalpf suggested I do one on Syndicate next. That suggestion got me interested and led to me finding and playing through this game I somehow missed back in the 90's. I have to say, this game is way cool and it's going on my list of favorite oldschool games. The purpose of this list is to help interested folks see what this gem is all about, and also to help the Syndicate fans experience the game all over again.



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1. Board Game: The Syndicate [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
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Syndicate

Syndicate is a DOS only game. While some people seem to be able to run it fine under Windows XP, it is probably at its best running under DOSBox (see below). If you plan on playing the expansion sometime, you may want to rename the game folder "Synd" and place it not in the "Program Files" folder (see below).

The game and it's expansion are available compiled together at Abandonia.
 
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Syndicate: American Revolt

This is the expansion, and is basically a continuation of the base game. It takes place at the end of Syndicate and adds a couple more weapons (including air strikes) and a bunch of missions that are much more difficult than Syndicate's.

Installation: It is included in the zip file from Home of the Underdogs, but is not installed. When you install American Revolt, it replaces Syndicate's data files and main.exe and puts the original files in a backup folder. If you want to play the original game again, you have to copy the backup files back into the main data folder. To play American Revolt again, you would have to install it again. Since it's kind of a pain to switch back and forth, you may want two Syndicate game folders on your PC, one unmodified and one for the expansion.

The installer is made for DOS and doesn't like any folder name with spaces or more than 8 characters. It wants Syndicate to be in C:\\Synd. It will give you trouble if you left the folder name as "Syndicate" and/or you put it in the "Program Files" folder.
 
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DosBox

You should download this DOS emulator if you plan on playing any oldschool DOS games. Getting sound, or even video, to work on modern PCs is nearly impossible without it (or something else like it).

www.dosbox.com
 
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Syndicate for SNES

Some of the console ports for Syndicate were significantly different than the PC version. In the Super Nintendo port, for example, the color palettes and missions are different.

If you are into Roms, you can easily find them on sites that host them.
 
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The Syndicate Manual

If you're new to the game, or if you need a refresher on what all the hotkeys are and what the different drugs do, you'll want to take a look at the manual. It has some good back story and stuff to get you into the game, too.

You can find it on the HotU game entry page, or here:
http://syndicate.lubie.org/synd/html/synd_manuals.php
 
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A Great Syndicate Fan Site

There aren't many Syndicate websites out there, but this is the best one I've seen. It has a good amount of Syndicate info, help, guides, and related stuff.

http://syndicate.lubie.org/
 
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Problems running the game?

The fan site mentioned above has a little info on how to get the game running on newer computers if you're having trouble, but for the most part, tech support on this game is very sparse on the internet (feel free to post any helpful website here if you know of one). Personally, It's worked great in DOSBox for me.
 
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The game itself.
 
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